Roenicke: ‘Need to get back to a better offense’
The numbers say the Brewers own the National League’s best offense below 5,000 ft. Only the altitude-aided Rockies rank better among the league’s 15 teams in runs scored, home runs, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage and OPS.
But those numbers fudge the recent reality, manager Ron Roenicke said in candid comments Wednesday.
“Well, it depends on what you think the best offense is,” he said. “If you’re talking about runs scored — runs scored don’t always tell the whole story. Runs scored can be in a month. You have a super month, and it carries you for a while. So I think that’s a little misleading. I think when you look at an offense, you should look at what the consistency is of an offense and scoring runs. …
The streakiness is what is hard. Because we’re getting some great pitching — our starters have really been throwing the ball well — and when you’re not scoring, it’s easy to say, ‘Well, your offense is fine, you’re second in the league.’ Well, no. Our offense isn’t fine. We were great for a month and a half, and we need to get back to a better offense.”
That month and a half spanned the very end of May and most of June, when the Brewers climbed as high as 19 games over .500 and 6 1/2 games ahead of their closest NL Central challenger. In June, the Brewers’ 5.43 runs per game led all of Major League Baseball — nearly a half run per game better than the next NL team.
But those numbers have plummeted during a difficult July. The Brewers entered Wednesday having scored 3.46 runs per game for the month with a .649 OPS, ranked 13th in the NL in both categories. They entered Wednesday’s game against Rays ace Davis Price with an 8-16 record in July.
Since the Brewers are committed to players at virtually every position, Roenicke was asked whether it’s on those players to turn things around.
“Yeah, who else is it on?” he said. “When your whole team goes a little haywire – [catcher Jonathan Lucroy], we figured, could be consistent. We have to get [third baseman Aramis Ramirez] going. [Left fielder Ryan Braun] has been swinging the bat OK. [Part-time second baseman Rickie Weeks] has been swinging the bat OK. Some of the guys, it’s just the history of when you swing and you’re a certain type of hitter, you’re going to have inconsistencies in your lineup. When I put down the lineup, even though I like it and it looks really good, there’s some inconsistencies there because you have some guys that get hot and cold.”
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